Saturday, October 20, 2007

Comcast blocking file sharing in U.S.

Comcast Corp., the second-largest U.S. internet service provider, actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of net traffic equally.

The interference, which the Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests in the United States, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users.

If widely applied by other ISPs, the technology Comcast is using would be a crippling blow to the BitTorrent, eDonkey and Gnutella file-sharing networks. While these are mainly known as sources of copyright music, software and movies, BitTorrent in particular is emerging as a legitimate tool for quickly disseminating legal content.

But no, there is no reason that we would ever need legislation to enforce net neutrality... uh huh

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